The Value of the University Armed Service Units
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The Value of the University Armed Service Units

By Alison Williams J.
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Book Description

This book provides a comprehensive assessment of the value of the university armed service units – the University Officer Training Corps, University Royal Naval Units and University Air Squadrons. The units, many of which date back to the early 20th century, exist in order to provide students at UK universities with an experience of the British armed forces. Participation in the units is entirely voluntary, and there is no expectation that students will go on to join the armed forces on graduation, although a proportion of students each year do so.

The Value of the University Armed Service Units brings together the results of a research project which explored what the value of the units might be to student participants, to graduates in civilian jobs who had the experience as students, to the armed forces, to universities whose students take part in the units, and to employers of graduates with service unit experience. This book draws on quantitative and qualitative research data to explore whether, how, and why the units have value to these different groups.

Significant conclusions include the extent to which the units are able to assist students with the development of their transferable (graduate) skills; the potential significance of the units for future recruitment to the armed forces, particularly the Reserves; and the effect of unit experience in developing an informed understanding of the role and function of the British armed forces amongst the wider civilian population.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • List of tables
  • List of figures
  • List of abbreviations
  • Note on terminology
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1. The University Armed Service Units: Background and Context
    • 1.1 Introducing the university armed service units
    • 1.2 The university armed service units missions
    • 1.3 The UK higher education sector
    • 1.4 Policy issues framing the university armed service units
    • 1.5 The purpose and structure of this book
  • Chapter 2. Studying the Value of the University Armed Service Units: Research Rationale and Methods
    • 2.1 Rationale and background to the research
    • 2.2 Research methodology
    • 2.3 Conclusions on rationale and methodology
  • Chapter 3. The Student Experience of University Armed Service Unit Participation
    • 3.1 Demographic characteristics of the university armed forces units survey sample
    • 3.2 University attendance, qualifications, degree subjects and other activities
    • 3.3 Joining a university armed service unit
    • 3.4 University armed service units and skills development
    • 3.5 Progression through university
    • 3.6 Career choices
    • 3.7 Seeking and gaining employment after graduation
    • 3.8 Opinions about the armed forces
    • 3.9 Overall experiences of university armed service units
    • 3.10 Conclusions: the value of the university armed service units for participating students
  • Chapter 4. Graduate Evaluations of the University Armed Service Units Experience
    • 4.1 The sample of graduates
    • 4.2 The value of university armed service units experience in the workplace
    • 4.3 Defence-minded for life?
    • 4.4 Considering a career in the armed forces
    • 4.5 The value of the individual to their university armed service unit and the armed forces
    • 4.6 Graduate perceptions of the value of the university armed service units
    • 4.7 Conclusions: the value of the university armed service units to graduates
  • Chapter 5. The Value of the University Armed Service Units to the Armed Forces
    • 5.1 The commanding officers
    • 5.2 The university armed service units and the universities
    • 5.3 The value of the university armed service units to universities
    • 5.4 The value added to university armed service units and the armed forces from the university relationship
    • 5.5 Commanding Officer perceptions of the value of the university armed service units
    • 5.6 Conclusions: the value of the university armed service units to the armed forces
  • Chapter 6. The Universities and the University Armed Service Units
    • 6.1 Knowledge of the university armed service units within universities
    • 6.2 University armed service units-university communication and liaison
    • 6.3 Perceptions of the value of university armed service units to students
    • 6.4 The benefits to universities of the university armed service units
    • 6.5 Conclusions: the value of the university armed service units to universities
  • Chapter 7. Conclusions: the Value of the University Armed Service Units
    • 7.1 The reach of the university armed service units across higher education
    • 7.2 Equalities, politics and access to information about university armed service units
    • 7.3 The comparability of university armed service units and other extracurricular student activities
    • 7.4 The university armed service units and recruitment to the UK armed forces
    • 7.5 Knowledge of the university armed service units within the higher education sector
    • 7.6 Knowledge of university armed service units amongst employers
    • 7.7 Researching the university armed service units
  • Appendix 1: Questionnaire used for survey of student USU participants, spring 2013
  • Appendix 2: Semi-structured interview schedule for graduate interviews
  • Appendix 3: Semi-structured interview schedule for Commanding Officer interviews
  • Appendix 4: Semi-structured interview schedule for university representative interviews
  • Appendix 5: Student survey participation by university and service unit
  • Appendix 6: Students' assessments of skills development through university armed service unit participation
  • Appendix 7 Students' assessments of skills development through degree programme
  • Notes
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